The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 28, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-28 | Christmas displays brighten holidays

— Thank you, all of you who light the night with awesome Christmas displays.

December is a time of cold and gloominess. The last of summer’s color has disappeared, skies are gray more often than not, and nights are the longest of the year.

But the Christmas season changes all of that.

Suddenly, brilliant colors flash through stores and make their way into homes and onto lawns. Lights offer joy and hope in an otherwise dark season.

I know, not everyone feels it. While Christmas is a time of great highs for some, it is a time of great lows for others.

There is sorrow, loneliness and depression at this time, sometimes made worse by what seems to be a demand to be joyful.

But isn’t joy what Christmas means? Jesus, the Christ we celebrate, was born to bring hope to the hopeless, eternal life to the dying, and comfort in knowing that we’re never alone.

We have a Savior who walks with us through the difficult as well as the exciting times and lifts our spirits.

As I drive through the area and see the bright colors and decorations, I’m filled with joy, remembering the reason for it all.

It doesn’t matter what you intended with all the work. I am blessed by what I observe.

Betty Rosian


Community orchestra buoyed ‘villagers’

Approximately 40 musicians and conductors with the Forest Hills Community Orchestra gave up their Saturday afternoon to perform for the residents and staff at Laurel View Village, Davidsville. We couldn’t believe they were from the area and not New York or Washington, D.C.

If you have the opportunity to hear them perform, don’t miss it. You will be blessed by every number.

Members perform every note with professionalism, dedication and love. Thank you, one and all, from the residents and staff of Laurel View Village.

Bill and Barbara Mangus


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